Hosts Cameroon pushed all the way by 10-man Comoros Islands

Debutants were forced to use a full back in goals and had a player sent off after six minutes

Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 match against  Comoros at Stade d’Olembe in Yaounde, Cameroon. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 match against Comoros at Stade d’Olembe in Yaounde, Cameroon. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

 

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Hosts Cameroon made heavy work of beating 10-man Comoros Islands to advance to the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals at the expense of a team who had everything stacked against them in the last 16.

Karl Toko Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar scored the home team’s goals at the Olembe Stadium to eliminate the debutants, who were forced to use a full back in goal and had their captain sent off after six minutes.

But Comoros still put up a gallant fight and, despite the considerable disadvantage, pulled a goal back from Youssouf M’Changama with nine minutes remaining to depart the tournament with their reputations considerably enhanced.

Cameroon meet upstarts Gambia in the last eight in Douala on Saturday after they upset Guinea 1-0 in Bafoussam earlier on Monday.

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